We spoke to Lemonhaze ahead of their single launch on 30th October 2017...
TCR - Firstly, what music are you all listening to just now? Do you all like the same stuff?
L - We are all into different music but nothing too far removed from your usual guitar based stuff. At the moment, we're all digging Neon Waltz debut album - Strange Hymns. Thats had a few spins recently. Theres another band we all cant get enough of, they're called Cigarettes After Sex... The music is so chilled out and perfect for getting stoned to.
TCR - We haven't heard any new music since the brilliant 'Mercury' from last year. What have you been doing since then?
L - At the start of the year we had a bit of a reshuffle of the members in the band. Since then weve been writing, rehearsing and playing lots of gigs and festivals. Above all that we have a new Single MORNING SUN out on 30.10.17. Which will be accompanied by a music video.
TCR - When we released 'So-Called Facts', Lemonhaze were a four-piece. Has the line-up changed since then?
L - As stated before, the reshuffle happened when Steve's brother Robert left. Now we have Gav, who plays rhythm guitar and backing vocals. We also parted ways with our synth player. Ged takes up that role now as well as singing and is doing a great job!
TCR - Who writes the songs in the band and how do they come to fruition?
L - Steve writes the majority of the songs in the band. Including the upcoming release, MORNING SUN. With past releases its been a collaboration between Ged and Steve and theres a few tunes where all members have had an input in writing the lyrics and melodies. The tunes come to fruition after spending a few rehearsals going over an idea or a demo that Steve has recorded at home. We try to critique each instrument and vocal to ensure its purposeful and intentional.
TCR - What is it that motivates you to do what you do?
L - All of us are eager to pursue a career out of this band. We have faith in our style of music and the tunes we produce. We've stumbled blindly through our first few years, with no real insight or guidance into the workings of running a band, recording or releasing professionally produced music that competes with our peers in the Scottish music scene. That being said, we still have no guidance however, We've come this far, made a few ripples, played a few massive gigs and are still up for it!
TCR - Are you happy with the state of the music industry in 2017?
L - If you are referring to the fake, mass produced, shoved down your throat by the media, Ant & Dec shambles of a music industry. Then no. It's horrifically S**t.
The REAL music industry... and we dont exclusively mean the part of the underground indie industry we are in... (which funnily enough, should be shoved down our throats). We mean the music industry that produces bands that inspire us to keep going, reminds us that its not all about fame and fortune but, about creating good music that feeds the soul.
That industry is and has been a thriving success in 2017. Theres so many great labels with great bands on them. Bands that put in the hard work, go on tour and do what they love. Another bonus is the resurrection of vinyl and cassettes. It has helped existing bands re-sell previous releases on a different format and at the same time, its opened up another avenue for up and coming bands to make the money back spent on recording, artwork, travelling and rehearsing. As opposed to relying on download sales.
TCR - You played the famous Oxford Street venue 'The 100 Club' last summer - tell us about that experience?
L - It was one of the best experiences as a band we've had. We supported The Close Lobsters, it was a sell out! It was full on from start to finish. The gig was on a Saturday. We headed down to London on the Friday. Everyone was p**sed before we even hit the border. Somewhere between the hours of midnight on Friday and 5am on Saturday our rhythm guitarist at the time (Rab) booked a flight to Glasgow and flew home.
We were a man down for the show... It was hilarious then and still is but, that didn't stop us putting on a great performance that night!
TCR - Do you have any plans to tour next year?
L - We are filling up our diary for next year. As always we are trying to spread our wings and venture beyond Scotland.
TCR - In Edinburgh, at Hogmanay 2016 you arguably played your biggest live show as a band when you played with Paolo Nutini. Can you tell us a little bit about that day/night? Was it what you expected?
L - Again, it was a brilliant experience from start to finish. We were treated like kings. It was everything we expected and more. The gig was immense and the fireworks were second to none.
Our dressing room was next door to The Vegan Leather who are good friends of ours. It just so happened there was a connecting door from our room into their room. That was swiftly wedged open and we partied with them after the gig. Then Paolo came through with a few gifts and invited us back to his "secret" party back in Glasgow. So, thats how we started off 2017. Rock and roll, eh?
TCR - What do you think the chances of your hometown (Paisley) being voted as City of Culture 2021? Have you offered to write the official song for their bid?
L - We are confident that Paisley will win their bid for City of Culture. Paisley has always been a buzzing hive of culture. However, this bid has set the stage and really helped the poets, musicians and artists come out the woodwork to show off what is characteristically engrained in the people of the town.
We have had involvement with the 2021 bid and have been asked to feature on the official 2021 album but sadly, due to our workload at the time we were unable to submit a song for the project.
TCR - Where can we see you live before the end of the year?
L - We will be playing The Garage in Glasgow on the 10th of November to launch our new Single - MORNING SUN. Check out our TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more details.